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A possible swimming rivalry

By mikeb Published: January 28, 2011

The Walsh Jesuit and Revere girls swimming teams might cross paths multiple times in the postseason.

The two Division II schools will be at the same sectional in Akron, and if their swimmers advance, it will be to the same district in Cleveland and then possibly to the state meet in Canton.

The head coaches already know each other with Walsh being led by 12-year coach Wally Lutkus and Revere being guidedby first-year coach Steve Marshall, a 2002 Walsh graduate.

''It is a fun rivalry,'' said Marshall on Saturday after Walsh finished first and Revere took second in the 13-team Barberton Invitational at University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.

''We are both [Division II]. It was a good experience to see them for the first time. I am sure we will see them again at sectional, and then at district and state.''

Marshall, 26, swam for Lutkus at Walsh and in college at Cincinnati.

Senior Brittany Geyer and sophomore Danielle Margheret lead Walsh in individual events and relays.

Revere counters with junior Maggie Harris, sophomore Emma Gresser, junior Alex Poitinger and senior Katie Kimberly.

''That was a good meet for us,'' Harris said. ''Hopefully we can continue to improve on this as we get closer to sectional.''

Harris, Gresser, Poitinger and Kimberly set a meet record Saturday in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:45.72.

''I definitely think we can go faster,'' Kimberly said. ''We swam pretty well, but we were tired because we had a hard practice [Friday].''

Gresser added, ''I think that since we are all good friends in and out of the pool, our chemistry really helps us swim well.''

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